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Tuesday, October 25 2016
1 John 1: John's Eyewitness Of The Messiah And The LORD God
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life"
The apostle John wrote the Book of John and four epistles - 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and the "Book" of Revelation which was actually an epistle, a letter (see The Epistles: What Is An Epistle?), dictated to him by Jesus Christ ("1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John" Revelation 1:1 KJV), to the "seven churches of Asia" (see Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?).
As such, John had a great amount of Biblical knowledge and understanding - the key of which was the identity of the Messiah (see The LORD God Our Saviour):
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ... 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-3,14 KJV)
John knew what the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, truly looked like (see How Has Satan Stolen The True Appearance Of Jesus Of Nazareth?). John also knew what the LORD God, Who had existed through all time since He did the Work of Creation, looked like; John saw Him when the LORD appeared to him for the writing of Revelation.
"1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
John's "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life" was a witness of the existence of the Messiah, in His human form, and as the LORD God.
"1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full." (1 John 1:1-4 KJV)
The Messiah's famous "And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God" of Luke 4:4 was actually a quote of Himself to Moses when He spoke it as the LORD God / Word of God in Deuteronomy 8:3: "And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live."
The Eternal Law is not "done away" because the LORD God Who declared it is going to return to enforce it (see the Fact Finder question below).
"1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
This Day In History, October 25
473: Emperor Leo I proclaimed his grandson Leo II as Caesar of the Byzantine Empire.
732: Charles Martel, ruler of the Franks, defeated the Saracens at Poitiers.
1147: Seljuk Turks (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) annihilated an army of Church of Rome "Crusaders" under the command of German King Conrad III at the Battle of Dorylaeum (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1154: Henry II was crowned becomes King of England.
1415: The Battle of Agincourt, in France. A bloody victory of 12,000 English led by Henry V over 60,000 French in the middle period of the Hundred Years War. The 3-hour battle resulted in the deaths of the French forces leader Charles d'Albret, 12 other members of the highest nobility, 1,500 knights, and 4,500 men-at-arms. The victory was made possible by a new British weapon - longbows, that devastated the enemy sword-armed armored knights at a distance. The English losses were negligible.
1555: Charles V (a Hapsburg) abdicated as Holy Roman Emperor. His son Philip II received Spain, the newly-discovered continent of North America (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), Italy and the Netherlands, while his brother became Holy Roman Emperor as Ferdinand I (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1616: Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog made a second recorded landfall by a European on the Australian continent, at the later-named Dirk Hartog Island off the West Australian coast.
1671: Giovanni Cassini discovered Iapetus, a moon of the planet that humans call Saturn.
1747: The British fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Hawke defeated the French fleet at the second battle of Cape Finisterre.
1760: King George III of England was crowned. The King's reign was marred by the rebellion of about half of the inhabitants of the New England colonies that Britain founded and built in the wilderness of north-eastern North America over a century earlier.
The United Empire Loyalists were conservatives (honest, hard-working, successful people of all walks of life i.e. farmers, merchants, tradesmen, educators) who moved to Canada from the New England colonies because they saw no need for a rebellion and were brutally persecuted by rebel forces. Totaling about 40% of the population of the New England colonies, they were later known as United Empire Loyalists. When the U.S. invaded Canada a few years later, in the War of 1812 (1812-1814), United Empire Loyalists and their adult children and grandchildren served among the British Army and Canadian militias that successfully defended Canada from U.S. annexation (the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he started the war).
A plaque in Hamilton, Ontario (as well as many others across Canada) commemorates the United Empire Loyalists:
"This monument is dedicated to the lasting memory of
1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814; declared by U.S. President James Madison with the stated purpose to annex Canada), Canadian militia and Mohawk allies repelled U.S. invasion forces in the Battle of Chateauguay.
1854: During the Crimean War at the Battle of Balaclava, Lord Cardigan led the famous "charge of the Light Brigade" cavalry against the Russians.
1861: The Toronto Stock Exchange was established
1900: Britain's annexation of the Boer Republic came into effect. The territory was renamed Transvaal.
1923: Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. J.R. Macleod of the University of Toronto were awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discovery of the hormone insulin. The discovery made possible more effective control of diabetes.
1936: The government of Germany and Italy declared their formation of the "Rome-Berlin Axis" (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
1950: Communist Chinese forces crossed the Yalu River into North Korea.
1951: Winston Churchill was re-elected as Prime Minister of Britain after 6 years out of office.
1955: Austria was reinstated as a sovereign country when the last World War Two allied occupation forces left.
1971: The United Nations General Assembly voted to remove Taiwan from the U.N. and to admit communist China in its place.
1983: U.S. troops invaded Grenada to stop alleged Cuban and Soviet influence on the tiny Caribbean island. Britain was not informed before the invasion even though Grenada was a member of the British Commonwealth.
2004: Cuban President Fidel Castro banned the U.S. dollar from Cuba. Nearly 40 years earlier, the U.S. had already declared a trade embargo with Cuba after the Cuban revolution overthrew the Mafia (the Cuba scenes in the "Godfather" movies are actually historically correct) and CIA-backed fascist dictator Fulgencio Batista Zaldivar.